Elton John set for Oscars bash
Published 04/03/2010 | 12:21
Sir Elton John has invited the Olympic gold medal winners to his Oscar-viewing party this year.
Construction of the massive marquee, home to one of the biggest parties in Hollywood, has begun in the grounds of the city's Pacific Design Center for what looks set to be another massive fundraising event for the singer's charity.
Scott Campbell, the director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, said this year's guest list promises to be pretty impressive.
"It's a great list and it brings together a diverse group of people, including this year's three Olympic medal winners," he said.
"We have a very loyal group of core friends - everyday people and people in the media and entertainment world who come together."
Following tradition, after the stars finish watching who wins this year's Academy Awards, Elton will take to the stage to perform a special set with a musical guest. This year he'll be performing with Grace Jones.
But fundraising is at the event's heart, explained event producer Virginia Fout.
"You have an Elton John hosted event which, as we all know, Elton wants to be beautiful elegant and nice... but you're also raising money for charity so you have folks that have paid a lot of money to sit and have dinner for a good cause."
The five-course menu includes a spring vegetable compote, risotto carnaroli with saffron liquorice, a choice of either New York steak or Wahoo with black olives and stewed lentils, and for desert a 'crispy milk chocolate bar with a bitter chocolate glaze, meringue sticks and apricot coulis'.